American Crime Season 3 Episode 6 Recap – In the previous episode of “American Crime, Assistant District Attorney Amanda McKay begins an investigation into the murder of Teo Salazar. Shae has returned to what she knows best – being a sex worker. Her shady new teenage pal Dustin introduces her into the online variety. Nicholas’ business is failing and his wife Claire seems oblivious to the shrinking of their income. Claire has got their new Haitian nanny Gabrielle to hand over her passport ‘for safekeeping,’ a bad first step on a relationship going down. Jeanette has left Carson and realized that now she must learn to fend for herself. Kimara gets out of bed, jumps in her car and heads for a motel to rescue another teenager from a predator.
American Crime Season 3 Episode 6 Recap
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In Episode 6, Claire is becoming the ugly self she was underneath the pretense of being Gabrielle’s benefactor. She sees Gabrielle writing a letter to her son and asks to read it. Claire seems to have no personal boundaries and has now begun to bully Gabrielle.
Gabrielle is doing a fine job with Nicky but it’s never enough to please Claire. It’s not clear if she’s a woman losing her mind or whether she’s being purposefully cruel. Either way, it means bad news for Gabrielle. Gabrielle’s latest humiliation is when Claire announces she must move to another room, an enlarged closet really, filled with claptrap and without a bed.
In one revealing scene, Claire’s friend Helen comes to visit. Helen is beaming, anxious to greet Gabrielle but Claire won’t allow it. She curtails the meeting of the two, ordering Gabrielle to check on Nicky. She needs to keep Gabrielle isolated, the better to malign her.
Claire’s behavior is beyond neurotic, somewhere between malicious and evil. She’s a far different person than the one we saw in the episode where she first appeared. Whereas Gabrielle is befuddled, hurt, sadly wondering if she has done something wrong. .
Nicholas and Claire are alone in their big suburban Mc-Mansion, they nurse their private grudges against each other. Claire has made and is eating breakfast, but only for herself. Claire no longer helps him in the business as she used to. Nicholas makes her feel guilty, reminding her he is the family breadwinner.
It’s not only Nicholas’ business that is disintegrating. So is his marriage. While Claire and Nicholas are out for dinner with friends, their resentments become sharper, more disturbing. Nicholas mocks wife Claire for “hiring a nanny who only speaks French.” Claire gets angry and vents her outrage in French to her friend Helen who also speaks French.
It’s a marriage grown cold. They’re not speaking to each other, living an empty, hollow existence. Nicholas doesn’t know what his wife said to Helen until Claire herself tells him toward the end of the episode. “I told Helen it’s your fault we can’t have a baby. I used another man’s sperm and that’s why you hate Nicky. The one thing a man is supposed to do and you couldn’t do it.”
Shae is online with a John for whom she will perform a striptease. There’s a back and forth by Skype in which the male client and Shae seem to be real friends. But the John (screenname Rex 54) is really a Jill – a female paraplegic in a motorized wheelchair. Her husband has arranged for Shae to entertain his paralyzed wife by sex talk and removing her clothing. Hey, it’s social work.
But when it comes time to collect her weekly paycheck, Shae finds that she earns less than she made through her pimp Billy. “I was better off with Billy,” she tells her pal Dustin.
But Dustin is full of great ideas that lead to bigger problems than Shae has already. He tells Shae she can make more money if she gets better clients like Tracy does. “She’s killin’ it,” Dustin says blandly, his eyes locked on a video game console.
The trouble is that neither Shae nor anyone else knows exactly how Tracy works. The curious Shae creeps into Tracy’s room to see what’s she’s about. She tries unsuccessfully to log onto Tracy’s computer when she’s accosted by Tracy. “What are you doing here?”
There’s no good answer for that. Tracy goes off the rails and begins to slap at Shae. Shae fights back. Tracy grabs a knife and sticks it into the back of Shae’s head. The other young sex workers hear the commotion and find Shae bleeding out on the floor.
Everyone panics, everyone except Everett, who runs the house. He starts asking questions, barking orders. Does she have any relatives who know she’s here? Any friends? Like many a lost soul from the underbelly of life, Shae is without connections. No one knows of her. If her body is dumped in a river, no one will care.
Kimara would care, of course. Kimara is the one of the few redeeming characters in a bleak human landscape. But what can she do when Shae ran away? And it’s not as if she doesn’t have problems of her own.
Kimara gets a visit from a philanthropist named Greg Stevens. Stevens dispenses grants and is one of the major fund providers for Project Open Road. He’s there basically to oversee how Kimara’s agency is faring in shelter placements. He’s just there for her signature confirming that Kimara placed 105 kids in shelter as the reports said.
One hundred and five kids placed in shelter? Isn’t that a shock to Kimara! That’s forty more than she knew of. And what’s that smell? Fraud?
She calls her boss Abby to tell her about it, only to find that Abby has fudged the numbers. Kimara is beside herself as Abby argues that inflating the numbers was necessary in order to get adequate funding for the next period. Abby goes into full beast mode to persuade Kimara to go along with her scheme. She expects Kimara to fake a log book showing forty non-existent placements.
Kimara’s face says it all- she’s aghast. “I’m not making money from this,” Abby argues. Then she tries to bribe Kimara with a bigger salary. “Don’t you want to get paid what you’re worth?”
At the Hesby household, Carson is waiting in vain for wife Jeanette to come home. Having no better options, and disgusted with Hesbys in general, she’s gone to live with her sister and two nieces. She has a large come-down when she begins looking for a job. $7.50 per hour doesn’t cut it, she tells her sister. Meanwhile sis has been working a minimum wage job for practically a lifetime and is not complaining.
Though I’m thinking it’s one of the better things on TV these days, it would be somewhat inappropriate to say one is “enjoying the show.” Exploitation. Predation. Drug addiction. Wanton violence and brutality. Migrant workers losing their lives in a burned out overcrowded hovel. What’s to enjoy?
It’s almost Dostoevskian in the degradation shown, but will it change anything? I doubt it. I think the people who most appreciate the series will have a deep emotional response to the issues it raises and feel desperate. I think people who can’t and don’t want to see this part of life will flip the channel to “The Bachelor” or something similar.
No one can dispute, however, that this season of “American Crime” has so far been an artistic and creative gamble that paid off. I do worry though how the many loose ends will be tied up.
Is Gabrielle really cutting herself? Was it Diego or Isaac who killed Teo Salazar? Will Luis get away with killing Isaac? I can’t imagine that Nicholas and Claire have any kind of reconciliation. Carson and Jeanette? That’s possible but could easily turn for the worse. I think at some point the whip will come down on Laurie Anne, the Hesby matriarch but how? Then there’s Coy the lost boy. And Kimara – she’s a story by herself.
With just two more episodes, there’s a lot to deal with, a lot we want to know.
Other episodes of American Crime reviewed on TV Eskimo:
Characters and cast of American Crime S3E4 include:
Jeanette Hesby – Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives, Transamerica, Sports Night, Phoebe in Wonderland, Cake)
Kimara Walters – Regina King (Ray, Enemy of the State, Jerry Maguire, The Boondocks, The Leftovers, The Big Bang Theory, Southland, Boyz n the Hood, A Cinderella Story)
Shae Reese – Ana Mulvoy Ten (The Girl in the Book, Vanity, House of Anubis)
Dustin Eagers – Kurt Krause (Hidden Figures, True Detective, Mercy Street)
Diego – Clayton Cardenas (Mayans MC, Khali the Killer, Actor for Hire)
Gabrielle Durand – Mickaelle X. Bizet (Roubado, Beautiful Destoyer)
Guy Eckels – David Goryl (The Night Shift, The Newsroom, Grey’s Anatomy)
Tracy – Gideon Adlon (When We Rise, Louie, Criminal Minds, Better Things)
Everett – Rey Herrera (Commander In Chief, Fool’s Gold)
Raelyn – Janel Moloney (The West Wing, Bang Bang You’re Dead, The Leftovers, Alpha House, Brotherhood)
Sugar – Grace Elizabeth Andrew
Scott Williams – Mark Atteberry (Gone Girl, Hulk, The Future, The Butterfly Circus)
Cherene – Liz Benoit (House, The Boondocks, Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Greg Stephens – John Bobek (Battle Creek, Stomping Ground, When a Stranger Calls)